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PJC Awarded Achieving the Dream Leader College Status

Published or Revised November 20, 2015

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Achieving the Dream announced that Paris Junior College earned Leader College distinction — a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. PJC has shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

“Paris Junior College faculty, staff and students have worked together in a commitment to student success,” said PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin. “PJC has consistently increased retention of students from the fall to the spring. The fall to spring retention rate increased from 59.4 percent in 2010-11 to 67.1 percent in 2013-14.”

“Becoming a Leader College is very powerful and affirms the exceptional work and commitment of faculty and staff to their students’ success,” said Achieving the Dream Vice President for Community College Relations Cindy Lenhart. “Paris Junior College is using evidence to make informed decisions that lead to significant institutional change.”

The 2015 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges are:

The 2015 Leader Colleges are making strides in the national movement to increase student completion and close achievement gaps, demonstrating the power of the Achieving the Dream Approach. With the guidance of Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges not only systemically change the way they operate, but also implement key student supports that align with their overall policies and institutional systems, such as college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student-success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, and intensive, individualized advising.

Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain Leader College status.

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